Seduction Theory (2005) This first collection of stories by Thomas Beller, a founding editor of Open City magazine, is refreshingly ingenuous, yet peppered with just enough cynicism to… 2005-08-15 Fiction Short Stories W.W. Norton
Book Review

Seduction Theory (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2005; Writer: Thomas Beller; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: W.W. Norton

This first collection of stories by Thomas Beller, a founding editor of Open City magazine, is refreshingly ingenuous, yet peppered with just enough cynicism to make it piquant. Beller's twentysomething protagonists are romantics striking out on their own in work and love. They can be vulnerable, dashing, and asinine; some of Seduction Theory's funniest passages describe mystified girlfriends' reactions to their male counterparts' macho shenanigans. However, one of Beller's best, ''Deep Purple,'' tracks a 10-year-old's fascination with his drum-playing, pot-smoking 14-year-old babysitter, who one day disappears. A-

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